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From Mott Leroy <>
Subject Re: Help - Alias or Symlink to external(to the context) images directory?
Date Tue, 03 May 2005 20:53:29 GMT -

see the "allowLinking" property.

As far as how to create the symlink when the app is deployed, not sure 
beyond running some sort of script when the application loads (using a 
context listener perhaps).

Matt Galvin wrote:

>Hi All,
>Does anyone know of a way to set an alias to an external directory
>that contains images to be displayed on a web page?
>Maybe explaining what I need to do would help:
>I have a directory, for example: /tmp/images
>I have a webapp in: /opt/tomcat/webapps/myapp
>I need to be able to store uploaded images in /tmp/images (which I
>have working fine) and I need to be able to display those images via
>the jsp's in myapp. Is it possible to have an alias called
>myapp/images that points to /tmp/images or can I maybe use a
>symlink(can tomcat follow the symlink?) or is there some other way I
>can do this, other than using a servlet to retrieve/return the images?
>I need to be able to do this so that when the webapp is
>updated/redeployed, the images will not get deleted.
>I am running tomcat 5.0.28 on SUN's Java 1.4.2_08 on a variety or
>Linux/UNIX systems.
>Thanks in advance,
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